It is very doubtful whether there are any “laws of history”. However, there are certain recurring sequences of events that make one suspect that similar circumstances are likely to have similar consequences. One such sequence is that movements of liberation result in repressive regimes.
Yoga probably is not a religion—it is too diffuse and under-organized to fit under this concept. But a more important question is, can religious themes be separated from practice? The answer is less clear-cut.
Another defeat for Kemalism: French Canadians roundly rejected a draconian new law preventing all state employees from exhibiting “conspicuous religious symbols” at work.
The recent Supreme Court ruling about prayer before town meetings is a setback for militant Kemalists in the United States.
Spain is welcoming back the descendants of the Sephardic Jews it expelled in 1492, giving out passports to whoever can prove their lineage.
The film Heaven Is For Real has done very well at the box office, in part by tapping into lax modern attitudes about salvation. Some critics are troubled by its message.
A lesbian couple marked the first same-sex church wedding in England last week, a milestone which helps illuminate some of the debate ongoing among Protestants over the issue of same-sex marriage.
Modernity poses a not-unhealthy challenge to all religions to reflect on their core convictions. What is Christianity all about?
I am facing an intimidating pile of urgent writing commitments. Rather than squeeze in hastily written posts (with unavoidably thin content), I have decided to put in a pause on my blog. I will resume posting my usual pearls of wisdom at some point next month (April). I wish my readers a happy beginning of spring. Au […]
An anti-gay marriage protest movement in France claims it is neither of the Right or of the Left, and refreshingly concerns itself primarily not with the rights of adults, but with the rights of children.